Carley Garner

Senior Commodity Market Strategist and Broker,

DeCarley Trading

  • Commodity Broker, Analyst, & Strategist
  • Mad Money on CNBC and Bloomberg TV Contributor
  • Award-Winning Futures/Options Trading Book Author

About Carley

Carley Garner is an experienced futures and options broker with DeCarley Trading, a division of Zaner Financial Services, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her commodity market analysis is often referenced on Jim Cramer's Mad Money on CNBC and she is a regular guest on Bloomberg Television's Options Insight segment with Abigail Doolittle. Ms. Garner is a regular contributor to and its Real Money Pro service and is also a regular on the speaking circuit at TradersEXPOs and MoneyShows throughout the country. She is also an award-winning commodity futures and options trading book author. In addition to Trading Commodity Options with Creativity, Ms. Garner has authored Higher Probability Commodity Trading, A Trader's First Book on Commodities (three editions), and others.

Carley's Articles

The grain market has forged a counter-seasonal rally for the record books. However, in the course of the rally, we have seen near-record net-short positions held by speculators over the summer flip to net long positions of concerning proportions, says Carley Garner of
When asked how to play the election, we generally respond with "don't." However, we came across an option spread that seems to make a lot of sense, says Carley Garner of
If it weren't for the President's tweet...Late Tuesday afternoon the stock market rally and Treasury market selloff was stopped short of its natural progression by a single tweet, says Carley Garner of
The S&P 500 has corrected roughly 10% from high to low in September; historically, the average market decline is a little over 10%, explains Carley Garner of 

Carley's Videos

Join us to discuss lower-risk speculative opportunities in a market known for high risks. Precious metals trading is a game of mental stability; traders who can manage their emotions will be better equipped to manage their trading decisions. By using creative option strategies, speculators can participate in the gold market with low and limited risk ways to express market opinions in hopes of profits.

For those who prefer the simplicity of trading futures contracts outright, the CME Group futures offer traders micro-sized contracts enabling leveraged speculation with far less risk than the original contract. These smaller contracts enable traders of all sizes to participate in the gold market more comfortably while employing strategies that were previously reserved for large accounts.

Highlights include:

  • Is gold truly a safe haven and inflation hedge?
  • Gold is an excellent portfolio diversifier and trading vehicle.
  • Does it make sense to always be long gold?
  • Can traders with small accounts trade gold futures?
  • How to trade option butterflies to create low and limited risk plays in an otherwise expensive and risky market.

The futures markets were created to enable farmers and ranchers to hedge their business activities. Further, stock index futures were created to offer portfolio managers an efficient means of hedging; yet most market participants are purely speculating. Join Carley Garner as she goes back to the basics by looking at the E-mini and Micro E-mini stock index futures vehicles for hedging rather than speculating. She will also discuss a portfolio hedge that involves very little out of pocket expense using a combination of long put options and short call options.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What is a portfolio hedge and why it can be beneficial?
  • When should a portfolio hedge be used?
  • What are the various methods of hedging?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of hedging a stock portfolio?
  • Pure hedge vs. partial hedge
  • The opportunity costs of hedging your stock portfolio with futures and options on futures.

2020 brought unprecedented market volatility but, in turn, it also provided an incentive for the CME Group to offer options trading on its new suite of micro-sized stock index futures. Micro E-mini options open the door to fine-tune risk and reward prospects with proper position sizing and they also enable small traders to speculate with nearly any strategy while trading within their means. In short, account size is no longer a barrier of entry to the various options trading strategies and covered calls and puts which would require large margin requirements and the acceptance of significant risks when executed in the larger E-mini futures and options contracts.

Join Carley Garner to discuss:

  • What are Micro E-mini options?
  • Micro-sized futures and options on the CME trade 23-hours per day!
  • How can Micro E-mini options be used to hedge futures positions?
  • Constructing ultra-low-risk option strategies using Micro E-mini options.
  • Option spread trading: butterflies, vertical spreads, and outright long and short options.
  • Trading closer-to-the-money with less risk.

Gold, unlike other physical assets, has very little industrial or practical purpose but it can be an effective way to hedge a traditional portfolio. Yet, using inefficient products such as ETFs could expose traders to unexpected risks and drawbacks. The futures and options markets, on the other hand, offer highly efficient access to gold price exposure fitting the needs and risk tolerance of any sized investor or speculator. Learn what moves the gold market, how to analyze and understand gold's seasonal tendencies, how to mine for clues in the COT report, and many more.

Carley's Books

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Higher Probability Commodity Trading: A Comprehensive Guide to Commodity Market Analysis, Strategy Development, and Risk Management Techniques Aimed a

Higher Probability Commodity Trading takes readers on an unprecedented journey through the treacherous commodity markets; shedding light on topics rarely discussed in trading literature from a unique perspective, with the intention of increasing the odds of success for market participants.
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A Trader's First Book on Commodities: Everything You Need to Know About Futures and Options Trading Before Placing a Trade

“A Trader’s First Book on Commodities” aims to fill the void in trading literature that overlooks the importance in making the right decisions before ever placing a commodity trade such as fully understanding market mechanics and logistics, choosing a proper trading platform, understanding order types, being aware of market data fees and policies, how to quote and calculate profit or loss in each of the commodity markets, preparing for margin calls, and the
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Trading Commodity Options...with Creativity: When, Why, and How to Develop Strategies to Improve the Odds in any Market Environment and Risk-Reward Pr

Trading Commodity Options…with Creativity takes readers on an unfamiliar voyage destined to simplify the options on futures markets and arm market participants with the knowledge to employ smarter commodity market strategies.
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